Swansea 20 Newport 24

By Paul Hopkins | 06/01/2018

  • Swansea exit cup at first stage
  • Newport dump Whites out of cup for second successive campaign 
  • Two late tries not enough as Black and Ambers ease to victory


By: Paul Hopkins


Swansea’s national cup campaign came to a premature end at the hands of a hard-working Newport side.


The home side took an early lead through a penalty goal by fly half James Davies when the visitors’ defence crept offside following a chip and chase by winger Andrew Claypole.


The Black and Ambers responded and a super offload by centre Tom Pascoe saw fellow centre Chay Smith race up to half way. The Whites’ defence was penalised for diving over the top of a ruck, but the visitors were unable to make the most of the chance and were turned over at the maul.


Full back Geraint O’Driscoll then sent winger Elliot Frewen on a run out wide. Scrum half Ryan James took play into the twenty-two, forcing centre Rhys R Williams to kill the ball, giving referee Aled Evans no option but to show him a yellow card. Fly half Matt O’Brien kicked the resulting penalty goal.


Flanker Kyle Tayler spotted a gap at the ruck and raced forward, but he spilled the ball in the tackle.


Hooker Will Evans was penalised for offside so James Davies was able to find touch on the Newport twenty-two. However, flanker Max George picked up a wayward lineout throw and raced 30 metres upfield. Swansea managed to secure a turnover, but an ambitious pass out wide was picked up by Frewen, who hacked through to score. O’Brien converted.


The mercurial fly half then made another break down the wing and threw a deft pass to Smith, but he lost possession on the twenty-two.


Following the setback, the home side mounted an attack through powerful breaks by prop Tom Sloane and number eight Jon Fox. Scrum half Rhodri Wells threw a pass into midfield, but it was knocked forward by a Newport hand, giving Swansea a scrum five.


Lock Sam Kiley, playing in his 200th match for the club, was turned over, but O’Brien failed to find touch with his clearance kick. During the melee, the All Whites were awarded a penalty, which James Davies duly converted.


Half-time:-   Swansea   6   Newport   10


The Black and Ambers extended their lead after half time when Frewen sprinted from his own twenty-two up to the try line, but he was tackled. O’Brien tried to dummy his way over the whitewash, but the backs got quick ball out wide for O’Driscoll to score. O’Brien converted.


When the home side were penalised for offside at the ruck, O’Brien had an opportunity to kick his side 14 points ahead, but he fluffed his lines as his effort at goal sailed wide of the posts.


In fact, it was a few minutes to forget for the fly half as he also failed with two drop goal attempts and another penalty after Swansea were guilty of a high tackle.


The visitors were soon back in full command though when Smith sprinted down the wing, taking out a couple of tacklers, to allow winger Jon Morris a free run in to score. O’Brien converted.


A loose kick by O’Driscoll was picked up by winger Dan Howells, who was tackled on half way. The Whites continued to mount a rare foray into Newport territory, but were finally turned over before they could make the most of it.


With ten minutes left on the clock second row Rhys Cresswell was sent to the sin-bin for killing a Swansea attack. Full back Gareth Walters kicked to the corner, but the Whites’ forwards lost the ball at the ruck.


The home side looked to take full advantage of the yellow card and replacement centre Jedd Evans regathered a loose ball to take the Whites into the twenty-two. He offloaded to substitute lock Rory Gallagher, but he held on after the tackle and Newport were able to clear.


Swansea grabbed their first try in the 79th minute when replacement hooker Paul John charged up to the line, before the backline got quick ball out wide for Rhys R Williams to score. Walters converted.


With the last play of the game, the home side scored a second consolation try when O’Driscoll was turned over trying to run out of defence and Jedd Evans took full advantage to touch down over the line. Walters converted.


Next up for Swansea is a home match against Bargoed in the Premiership – in four weeks’ time, while Newport have a wait to see who they will face in the cup second round.


Full-time:-   Swansea   20   Newport   24


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   Rhys R Williams (79), Jedd Evans (80+2)

Cons:-   Gareth Walters (80, 80+3)

Pens:-   James Davies (4, 37)


Yellow cards:-   Rhys R Williams (15)


Newport scorers:


Tries:-   Elliot Frewen (24), Geraint O’Driscoll (47), Jon Morris (54)

Cons:-   Matt O’Brien (25, 48, 55)

Pens:-   Matt O’Brien (15)


Yellow cards:-   Rhys Cresswell (71)


Match facts:


Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Aled Evans

Weather:-   Light cloud, 5C

Man of the match:-   Elliot Frewen

Attendance:-   300


Swansea team:


15 Gareth Walters

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Rhys R Williams

12 J Rhys Williams (rep: Owen Howe 73)

11 Dan Howells

10 James Davies (rep: Jedd Evans 55)

9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Josh Guy 64)

1 Tom Sloane © (rep: Jack Powell 73)

2 Tom Ball (rep: Paul John 48)

3 Fenton Holder (rep: Chris Thomas 21)

4 Sam Kiley (rep: Rory Gallagher 73)

5 Tudor Hughes (rep: Jon Vaughan 48)

6 Jay Williams

7 Ben Davies

8 Jon Fox




16 Paul John

17 Jack Powell

18 Chris Thomas

19 Rory Gallagher

20 Jon Vaughan

21 Josh Guy

22 Jedd Evans

23 Owen Howe


Newport team:


15 Geraint O’Driscoll

14 Jon Morris

13 Chay Smith

12 Tom Pascoe (rep: Adam Sabri 80+1)

11 Elliot Frewen

10 Matt O’Brien (rep: Haydn Simons 62)

9 Ryan James (rep: Ryan Bates 62)

1 Nicky Boyce (rep: Garin Harris 62)

2 Will Evans (rep: Matt Prosser 51)

3 Tom Piper (rep: Evan Whitson 62)

4 Rhys Creswell

5 Joe Bartlett (rep: Andrew Mann 51)

6 Max George

7 Kyle Tayler

8 Alex Everett




16 Matt Prosser

17 Evan Whitson

18 Garin Harris

19 Adam Brown

20 Andrew Mann

21 Ryan Bates

22 Haydn Simons

23 Adam Sabri



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